I recently saw the announcement for Amazon Chime – their new collaboration tool a la Skype. They referenced a Synergy Research Group study about players in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (Paas) markets – talking about digital workplace products.

Most of the jobs we do require discrete steps, accomplished incrementally over a period, veering from time to time based on input, changes in the environment, and the whims of human nature. (I hate when that human nature thing kicks in.)

Rapid technological advancements are driving big changes in how people work within enterprises of all sizes, across every industry, all around the world. The human resource function isn’t exempt from this change and, in fact, must lead in addressing the impact of workforce challenges and shaping employee experience. To keep pace, HR is being revolutionized by an onslaught of evolving technologies, including cloud, mobile and the Internet of Things – all transforming how HR services are delivered and experienced. While these technologies have been integrated over the last few years, a groundbreaking capability, cognitive computing, is gaining rapid adoption to improve HR decision-making, augment expertise and shape the organization’s culture.

Readers of Workflow magazine are ahead of the crowd when it comes to the concept of digital transformation. Most have first-hand experience at using IT-led automation to accomplish things like opening up process bottlenecks, ensuring policy adherence, and generally getting more done in less time.

Businesses of virtually all sizes and across all industries face an important challenge: the need to better manage physical and electronic records. This due in large part to the explosive growth in the amount of data being created and stored, which is doubling every two years and has already reached immense proportions.1

Much of the focus on business today is on acquiring new customers, but did you know that it costs six to seven times more to land a new customer than it does to sell to an existing one? Your current customers are more profitable too; a repeat customer spends over two-thirds more than a new one, and nearly all customers who have had a great service experience will buy from you again. Clearly, it makes good business sense to keep your existing customers engaged and coming back for more.

The year 2016 brought significant advances in the tech world. Low-code/no-code development platforms started to boom, IoT made its mark in niche areas, and a power shift in enterprise software began. The year 2017 will bring a wave of companies focusing on improving their overall business process management (BPM). Here are a couple of trends to watch out for in 2017.

How do you help your customers manage the conversion from paper to digital? For many technology gurus, our thoughts immediately jump to hardware and software, but leadership research shows that people are the most common reason that IT projects fail. In a list of the 101 most common reasons projects fail, more than 60 percent of the items were related to people and change management. So, improving your ability to guide your customers through a change process will result in better overall project success rates and higher customer satisfaction.

If your company disagrees with the 96 percent majority that view digital transformation as critical, then your chances for survival are declining. Sound a little too cataclysmic for you? How about this statistic: 86 percent of companies believe they have two years to make significant progress in their digital strategy before suffering financial or competitive consequences.

The concept of the “paperless office” started as a PR slogan nearly 40 years ago intended to describe the “office of the future” and the rise of automation in the workplace. It has since evolved into an aspirational goal that businesses have strived to achieve over the last several decades.